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Day 9 Of Alpine Skiing Competition Will Award Giant Slalom Medals In 3 Categories

On the ninth and final day of competition at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, new champions in Giant Slalom will be crowned.

 

Competitions will be held at Rosa Khutor in the Women’s Giant Slalom. Athletes will complete two runs, with the fastest combined time determining the winners in three categories – Standing, Sitting, and Visually Impaired.

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Final set of medals in the Giant Slalom found their owners On the slopes Rosa Khutor

Final set of medals in the Giant Slalom found their owners. On the slopes Rosa Khutor, women completed the competitions in the Giant Slalom, which were the finals within the Paralympic Games in Sochi.

In the Standing category, France’s Marie Bochet won her fourth medal of the Paralympic Games in Sochi. She again had no equals on the track: with a time of 2 minutes 38.84 seconds, she won the Giant Slalom. Germany’s Andrea Rothfuss was just 0.86 seconds behind with a time of 2 minutes 39.7 seconds, gaining another silver for her team.France’s Solene Jambaque won the bronze medal with a total time of 7.97 seconds behind Bochet.

In the Sitting category, the winner was five-time Paralympic Games champion Anna Schaffelhuber of Germany. Her total, winning time was 2 minutes and 21.56 seconds. Thus, Schaffelhuber won all competitions on the Sochi courses in this category. Claudia Loesch of Austria won the silver medal, trailing the leader by 4.65 seconds. The bronze medal went to Anna-Lena Forster of Germany (2:59.33).

Among Visually Impaired athletes, Henrieta Farkasova of Slovakia took gold in the giant slalom. Showing the best time in both runs (2:48.63), she finished ahead of Alexandra Frantceva of Russia. Frantceva, trailing by 6.28 seconds, won the silver medal, and Jessica Gallagher of Australia won the bronze (3:01.11).

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Day 8 Of Alpine Skiing Competition Sees Giant Slalom In 3 Categories

On the penultimate day of competition of the Paralympic Games in Sochi, athletes will compete for seven sets of medals.

In the Mountain Cluster athletes will compete in runs in the giant slalom, while the Coastal Cluster is the battleground for medals in team sports.

On the slopes of Rosa Khutor, athletes will try to cleanly and skillfully traverse the giant slalom course. They will have two runs and the total time determines the champions in the men’s standing, sitting, visually impaired categories.

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Men’s medals decided in Giant Slalom

On the slopes of Rosa Khutor, the men’s Giant Slalom competitions have concluded to decide the winners in three categories – Standing, Sitting and Visually Impaired.

Among visually impaired athletes, Canadian Mac Marcoux led the field. He completed his first attempt with a margin of 2.39 seconds and finished second in the next heat. Although he did not top the heat, the total time for Marcoux was ahead of his nearest rival, Jakub Krako of Slovakia, by 2.04 seconds, and he secured gold with a time of 2 minutes and 29.62 seconds. Slovakia’s Krako earned the silver medal and Russia’s Valery Redkozubov took third place with a final time of 2 minutes and 33.57 seconds.

Frenchman Vincent Gauthier-Manuel was the giant slalom winner in the standing category. He finished both races to post a time of 2 minutes and 25.87 seconds, giving him his first gold medal in Sochi. Until now, Gauthier-Manuel had only stood on the podium to collect bronze (in downhill) and silver (in the slalom).

Russian Alexey Bugaev was just 2 seconds short of becoming a three-time Olympic champion. He lost out to the Frenchman by 1.43 seconds in the first round and then by 0.57 seconds in the following round, but still earned a giant slalom silver medal. The bronze medal went to Austrian Markus Salcher, who finished 2.27 seconds behind the winner.

In the men’s sitting category, Switzerland Christoph Kunz took the lead and with a time of 2 minutes and 32.73 seconds won the gold medal, which is the first medal for Switzerland at these Games. The silver medal went to Corey Peters of New Zealand. Peters was in first place after the first run, but he finished sixth in his second run, meaning his total time was 0.47 seconds behind Kunz. Roman Rabl of Austria won the bronze medal, trailing Kunz by 0.58 seconds.

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Day 7 Of Alpine Skiing Competition Sees New Para Snowboard Cross Country Category

For the very first time in the Paralympic Winter Games, athletes will compete for medals in Para Snowboard cross, which is now part of the alpine skiing program. During the competition participants will have three attempts to impress and will perform jumps and flips. The winner will be determined by the total time of their two best runs.

 

Following Para Snowboard Cross, Super-Combined will take place on the course at Rosa Khutor. Here athletes will compete for medals in three categories – standing, sitting, and visually impaired.

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First medals won in Para – snowboarding

Para-Snowboarding took place today for the first time in the history of the  Paralympic Winter Games. The competition was introduced as part of the skiing program.

 

Dutch athlete Bibian Mentel-Spee and American para-snowboarder, Evan Strong both took home medals in today’s event.

 

In the women’s program, Mentel-Spee from the Netherlands became the first ever Paralympic champion in snowboard cross with a final time of 1 minute 57.43 seconds. France’s Cecile Hernandez Ep Cervellon came second, 9.88 seconds behind the Gold medalist and American medalist, Amy Purdy, came third, 16.86 seconds behind the Metel-Spree.

 

In the men’s competition all three medals went to American athletes. The gold medal of the competition was won by Evan Strong with a time of 1 minute 43.61 seconds. Silver was won by Michael Shea with a time of 1:44.18 and the bronze medal went to Keith Gabel with a time of 1:47.10.

 

Super combined skiing champions crowned

 

Alpine skiers have now finished the super combined competition. Paralympians made their first run down the Rosa Khutor slopes on Tuesday, but due to weather conditions the second part of the competition was postponed. Today, based on the results of the super-G component, the new super combined Paralympic champions were crowned.

In the women’s competition for visually impaired athletes, only three athletes qualified for the super-G following the slalom. With a 3.12 second advantage after the first run, Alexandra Frantceva won gold at a canter with a total time of 2 minutes and 27.75 seconds. Despite a successful run in the super-G, after two starts the silver medal went to Jade Etherington of Great Britain, who followed Frantceva by just 0.63 seconds. The bronze medal was secured by Danielle Umstead of the United States, whose final time was 2 minutes and 42.09 seconds.

The Paralympic Winter Games champion in the women’s standing category was France’s Marie Bouchet. She showed the best time in both runs, with a final time of 2:18.39 and winning her third medal in Sochi (Bochet already has gold in downhill and Super-G). The silver medalist of the Super-G was Germany’s Andrea Rothfuss, who was 4.35 seconds behind the winner. Bronze was won by Stephanie American Jallen trailing Bochet by 4.74 seconds.

Representatives of the German national team shared the podium in the sitting category. Top was Anna Schaffelhuber, who won with a staggering victory and a margin of 5.56 seconds over her compatriot, becoming four-time champion at the Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. Anna-Lena Forster won her second silver (following the slalom) on the Sochi slopes and clocked a final time of 2 minutes 38.96 seconds. Sadly Bronze in this category will not be awarded, as the other three athletes failed to reach the finish line.

The Russian skier Valery Redkozubov claimed victory in the men’s visually impaired event. He completed the slalom with an advantage of 5.62 seconds, meaning that his fourth place in the Super-G did not significantly affect the competition result. His overall time of 2 minutes and 15.87 seconds brought Valery Redkozubov the title of double Paralympic champion. American Mark Bathum finished second, 1.57 seconds behind, and Gabriel Juan Gorce Yepes from Spain was third (2:20.36).

The winner in the standing category was the Russian skier Alexey Bugaev. Having won a complete set of medals in previous races (gold in slalom, silver in downhill and bronze in Super-G), the 16 year old Russian became Super Combined champion. He had an advantage of 1.1 seconds over the Austrian Mattias Lanzinger, who finished in the silver medal position. The bronze medal was won by Australia’s Toby Kane, the first medal for the Australian team at these Games.

After two runs, Canadian John Dueck became the leader in the men’s sitting category. He finished in fifth after the slalom, but a perfectly executed run in the super slalom gave him a shot at gold. Dueck became a Paralympic champion with a final time of 2 minutes and 18.2 seconds. American Heath Calhoun lost to Dueck by just 0.89 seconds and had to settle for second. Austrian Roman Rabl completed the top three. After leading in the first run, he finished fifth during the super giant. The Austrian’s final time was 2 minutes and 20.2 seconds.

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Day 6 Of Alpine Skiing Competition Features Slalom In Standing, SItting & Visually Impaired

The sixth day of competitions in Sochi will see three sets of medal awarded

At Rosa Khutor, Alpine Skiing will take place in the Men and Women’s category, in Sitting, Standing and Visually Impaired. Athletes will each have two attempts to complete the course.

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On the slopes of Rosa Khutor competition for alpine skiing came to a close. The results of the competition determined medal winners for three categories: standing, sitting, and visually impaired athletes.

 

In the standing category, Alexey Bugaev took the lead after the first run.  In the second run, he increased his lead. His final time of 1 minute and 38.97 seconds earned him Sochi Paralympic Games gold. Vincent Gauthier Manuel of France trailed Bugaev by 1.27 seconds, earning him the silver medal. The bronze medal went to yet another Russian, Alexander Alybayev, who was 1.77 seconds behind the leader.

 

In the sitting category, the gold medal went to Japanese skier Takeshi Suzuki. He came second place in the first run, losing to front runner Dino Sokolovic of Croatia, who had a time of 1.61 seconds. But the second run did not go so well for the Croatian – he never even made it to the finish line – which allowed Suzuki to climb to first place in the rankings with a score of 1 minute and 53.78 seconds. Second and third place went to two Austrian representatives. Philipp Bonadiman won silver with a 2.68 lag time, and Roman Rabl won bronze with a total time of 1 minute and 56.64 seconds.

 

Valeri Redkozubov of Russia won the gold medal in the visually impaired category. Having shown the best time in both runs, Redkozubov won  with a time of 1 minute and 43.21 seconds. Yon Santacana Maiztegui of Spain moved up from seventh to second place after his second run with a final time of 1:46.82. The bronze medal in visually impaired slalom went to Chris Williamson of Canada, who trailed the winner by 5.4 seconds .

 

 

 

Germany’s Anna Schaffelhuber has been awarded the gold medal in the women’s slalom sitting event after a successful appeal against her disqualification. Schaffelhuber, who has already won the downhill and super-G Paralympic titles so far in Sochi, was disqualified from her first run in Wednesday’s (12 March) slalom competition. Under protest, she was allowed to complete her second run on Wednesday afternoon.

 

On Thursday (13 March) morning, the International Paralympic Committee Alpine Skiing Board of Appeal overturned the original disqualification for not having her outriggers in a stationary and fixed position at the start of the race. The jury decided that Schaffelhuber had not gained a competitive advantage from her start and therefore should not have been disqualified.

 

As a result of the successful appeal, the results from Wednesday’s slalom sitting event are now official and the medallists are as follows:

 

• Gold: Anna Schaffelhuber 2:09.93

 

• Silver: Anna-Lena Forster (GER) 2:14.35

 

• Bronze: Kimberly Joines (CAN) 2:15.16

 

The medals will be presented on Thursday (13 March) at 18:00 MST at the Rosa Khutor Medals Plaza. A full written decision will be issued in due course.

 

 

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Day 5 Of Alpine Skiing Competition Features Slalom And 1km Qualifying

The fifth day of competitions in Sochi will see nine athletes crowned Paralympic champions.  

At the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center, women’s slalom will take place in three categories – standing, sitting and visually impaired. Each participant will perform two descents on different courses, and the new slalom champion will be determined by  calculating the time taken to complete the runs.

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Athletes have taken part in the slalom heats in three categories: standing, sitting and visually impaired.

In the standing category, the winner of the gold medal was German Andrea Rothfuss with a time of 1 minute 59.85 seconds. Second place went to Inga Medvedeva, who, after a successful second run, moved from fourth to second place with a time of 2 minutes and 6.7 seconds earning her another silver medal at the Games. Medvedeva also came second in the downhill. The bronze medal went to the Slovakian athlete Petra Smarzova with a time of 2:0 6.91.

German alpine skier, Anna-Lena Forster, came first in the sitting category with a time of 0.92 seconds in her first attempt. Her final time, after two runs was 2:14.35, earning her first gold medal of the Paralympic Games. Despite the fact that Canadian athlete Kimberly Joines managed to overtake Forster in the second run, her final time was 2:15.16. The third medalist was American Laurie Stephens with a final time of 2:18.45.

Russian skier, Aleksandra Frantceva, took Gold in the visually impaired category with a time of 2 minutes 1.24 seconds. The second attempt by Britain’s Etherington was much more difficult and she crossed the finish line with 0.65 seconds behind her opponent winning the Silver medal. The bronze medal was awarded to Slovakian representative Henrieta Farkasova, who was 1.7 seconds behind Frantceva.

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Day 4 Of Alpine Skiing Competition Features Super Combined Showdowns

Day four of competitions in Sochi will see twelve Paralympic champions receive medals. 

On the ski slopes, competitions in the Super Combined will take place. The champions will be announced two heats, Super-G and Slalom. Athletes will compete for medals in three categories – standing, sitting, and visually impaired.

Alpine Skiing – Super Combined

The first run in the super-combined competition has ended on the slopes of Rosa Khutor. Due to the differing weather conditions, the SC competition was moved which led to the skiers’ medals draw begging with their slalom attempts.

 

After the first run in the women’s standing category, France’s Marie Bochet led the way, followed by German skier Andrea Rothfuss and Stephanie Jallen from the Unite States.

In the sitting category, the leading athletes are from both from Germany, with Anna Shaffelhuber and Anna-Lena Forster topping the leaderboard in first and second respectively. Austria’s Claudia Loesch currently lies in third place.

The best time in the slalom competition for visually impaired athletes was recorded by Russia’s Aleksandra Frantceva. She battled to finish ahead of Britain’s Jade Etherington, who currently occupies second place, and American Danelle Umstead who sits in third place.

 

In the men’s standing category, seven athletes did not finish due to improper passing of the track.

After the first attempt, Alexey Bugaev of Russia leads the standings followed by Braydon Luscombe of Canada and Matthias Lanzinger of Austria in third place.

In the sitting category, only 10 of 26 athletes will continue the battle it out for medals. Leading the field after the first attempt is Roman Rabl of Austria, Thomas Nolte of Germany is in second, and Taiki Morii of Japan is placed third.

In the visually impaired category, only 7 athletes successfully completed the slalom. The best time was posted by Russia’s Valerii Redkozubov, who leads his rivals Gabriel Juan Gorce Yepes of Spain in second place and Maciej Krezel of Poland in third.

 

Athletes will compete in the second attempt of the super-combined on Friday March 14, when the super-G is finished.

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Day 3 Of Competition Sees Three Sets Of Medals in Super-G

Medals will be awarded in seven competitions on the third day of competition at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.

On the ski slopes, women will compete for three sets of medals in Super-G in the categories of standing, sitting, and visually impaired.

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The women’s super-G competitions in the visually impaired category ended at Rosa Khutor. Kelly Gallagher of Great Britain won the gold medal, finishing with a time of 1:28.72. The winner of the silver medal was Russia’s Aleksandra Frantseva (1:28.94), while Great Britain won a second medal in the event with Jade Etherington (1:29.76) securing the bronze.

The women have contested another set of medals in the super-G today, with the competition for standing athletes now complete. Gold  and silver were won by athletes from France – Marie Bochet with a result time of 1:24.20 and Solene Jambaque following with 1:26.20. Bronze will be awarded to America’s Stephanie Jallen (1:30.14).

The Paralympic medal winners in the women’s super-G in the sitting category were decided today. Germany’s Anna Shaffelhuber claimed victory, finishing with a final time of 1 minute 29.11 seconds. The triumph in the super-G brought means she is a double Paralympic champion at the Sochi 2014. Shaffelhuber yesterday posted the best time and climbed to the top of the podium in the downhill.

 Second was Austrian’s Claudia Loesch, who finished 2.09 seconds outside the gold medal position. America’s Laurie Stephens was not far behind, coming 2.98 seconds behind and celebrating her second bronze medal in Sochi.

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Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games Day 2 of Competition For 5 Sets of Medals

On the second day of competition at the Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, the champions of the super-G and cross-country “sitting” skiing will be decided.

Athletes will compete for five sets of medals at the Mountain Cluster in Krasnaya Polyana. At the Laura venue, competitions will be held for cross-country skiers in the sitting category – the women’s 12km and men’s 15km.

Meanwhile at Rosa Khutor, winners will be crowned in men’s super-G in three categories: sitting, standing and visually impaired.

Alpine Skiing – Super G

The men’s super-G event has come to an end on the Roza Khutor ski slopes. Competitions were held in three categories – standing, sitting and the visually impaired category.

Visually impaired Slovakia Skier, Jakub Krako won gold with a time of 1 minute and 20.58 seconds.  America’s Mark Batum finished 0.13 seconds behind taking the silver medal and Canada’s Mack Marku, who completed the descent 0.19 later than the leader, took the Bronze.

In the “standing” category, representatives of Austria won the gold and silver medals. Marcus Zalcher had the fastest time of 1 minute and 20.92 seconds and became two time Paralympic champion in Sochi – yesterday he also won in downhill. Matthias Lanzinger came 0.41 seconds behind him and took the second place on the podium. Alexey Bugaev, an athlete from Russia secured himself a bronze medal. This is the second Paralympic Games medal in Sochi for the 16-year old Russian – yesterday Bugaev earned a silver medal in downhill.

In the “sitting” category, Japanese Akira Kano won another gold medal. Yesterday he had the fastest time in downhill in his category, and today he finished first with a final score of 1 minute and 19.51 seconds. Another representative of Japan Taiki Mori took second place – he completed the descent 2.09 seconds later than Kano. Canada’s Caleb Brousseau took the third place on the podium, 2.54 seconds behind the leader.

 

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Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games Begin With Contests For 12 Sets of Medals

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About

Alpine Skiing

Alpine Skiing is practiced worldwide and features seven disciplines: Downhill, Slalom, Giant Slalom, Super-G, Super Combined, Team Events and most recently Snowboard. Athletes combine speed and agility while racing down slopes at speeds of around 100 km/h.

Competition accommodates male and female athletes with a physical impairment such as spinal injury, cerebral palsy, amputation, «les autres conditions» (other conditions) and blindness/visual impairment.

Athletes compete in three categories based on their functional ability, and a results calculation system allows athletes with different impairments to compete against each other.

Skiers with blindness/visual impairment are guided through the course by sighted guides using signals to indicate the course to follow. Some athletes use equipment that is adapted to their needs including single ski, sit-ski or orthopedic aids.

IPC Alpine Skiing acts as the International Federation for the sport which is coordinated by the IPC Alpine Skiing Technical Committee.

Six events are on the Paralympic Program: Downhill, Super-G, Super Combined, Giant Slalom, Slalom and Snowboard which will make its debut at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.

Competition Description

Downhill

Each athlete completes one run down the course with their finish time determining the final order based on ascending time. Athletes ski down a long, steep course and must pass through a relatively few number of gates. If athletes miss a gate, they are disqualified. For weather, safety and other reasons, the jury can decide to have two-run downhill if the vertical drop does not comply.

Slalom

Each athlete completes two runs on the same day on different courses. Times from the two runs are added together to determine the final order based on ascending total time. It is a technical event over a shorter course than other events but with a high number of gates that the athlete must negotiate. If athletes miss a gate, they are disqualified.

Giant Slalom

Each athlete completes two runs on the same day on different courses. Times from the two runs are added together to determine the final order based on ascending total time. It is a technical event with a longer course and fewer gates than the slalom. The number of gates is determined by the vertical drop of the course. If athletes miss a gate, they are disqualified.

Super-G

A speed event where each athlete completes one run down the course with their finish time determining the final order based on ascending time. The course is generally shorter than Downhill but longer than Slalom and Giant Slalom.

Super Combined

A combined competition which represents the final result of two disciplines — usually one of either a Downhill or Super-G and a single run of Slalom. Each athlete completes two runs on the same day on different courses. Times from the two runs are added together to determine the final order based on ascending total time.

Snowboard Cross

Each athlete completes three runs down the course with their finish time of their best two runs determining the final order based on ascending time. There is only one rider on the course at a time. The event takes place on a man-made course constructed from a variety of terrain features like bank turns, various types of jumps and rollers etc.

History

Following the end of the Second World War, there was a systematic development of ski sport for persons with an impairment as injured ex-servicemen returned to the sport they loved. In 1948, the first courses were offered.

The first documented Championships for skiers with an impairment were held in Bad Gastein, Austria, in 1948 with 17 athletes taking part. Since 1950, events have been held around the world. The introduction of sit-ski allowed people in wheelchairs (paraplegics and double above-the-knee amputees) to begin to ski and race.

The first Paralympic Winter Games took place in Örnsköldsvik in Sweden in 1976 and featured two Apline disciplines — Slalom and Giant Slalom.

Downhill was added to the Paralympic program in 1984 in Innsbruck, Austria, and Super-G was added in 1994 at Lillehammer, Norway. Sit-skiing was introduced as a demonstration sport at the Innsbruck 1984 Paralympics and became a medal event at the Nagano 1998 Paralympic Games.

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The downhill at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center has now concluded, with medals contested in three categories in the women’s and men’s competitions.

In the women’s visually impaired event, Slovakia’s Henrietta Farkasova recorded the best time of 1 minute and 31.55 seconds. In the second place, 2.73 seconds behind, was Great Britain’s Jade Etherington. The bronze Award belongs to the Russian Alexandra Frantseva, who completed the descent 4.23 seconds behind Farkasova’s gold winning time.

France’s Marie Bouchet ended up top of the rankings in the women’s standing category, having completed the descent in 1 minute and 30.72 seconds. Behind her came silver medal winner Inga Medvedeva from Russia (1:32.19) and America’s Allison Jones (1:34.09), who won the bronze medal.

In the women’s sitting category, the gold medal was won by Germany’s  Anna Schaffelhuber. She finished with a time of 1 minute and 35.55 seconds. The second and third places were secured by athletes from the United States. The silver was claimed by Alana Nichols, who completed the descent just 0.14 seconds after Schaffelhuber, and bronze belongs to Laurie Stevens, who finished 1.39 seconds outside the gold medal position.

In the competition for men with impaired vision, the Paralympic Winter Games gold won by the Spanish skier Jon Santakana, with a descent time of 1:21.76. A mere 0.25 seconds behind him was the Slovakian skier Miroslav Haraus, winning the silver. Canada’s Mark Mack took 1.26 seconds longer for his descent, earning the bronze.

In the men’s standing category, the best time was achieved by Austria’s Markus Salzer (1:24.35). Russia’s Alexey Bugaev claimed second place – just 0.6 seconds behind. France’s Vincent Gauthier-Manuel, who finished 0.95 seconds behind gold position, was in the third place.

The men’s sitting category saw Japan and Canada on the podium. The gold medal was won by Japanese skier Akira Kano, who completed the course in 1 minute and 23.80 seconds. Canada’s Josh Duke lost out on gold by just 0.39 seconds, but secured the silver medal. Takeshi Suzuki made it two Japanese athletes on the podium for the competition, claiming the bronze medal, 0.95 seconds after his compatriot.

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Day 8 Of Alpine Skiing Competition Sees Giant Slalom In 3 Categories

On the penultimate day of competition of the Paralympic Games in Sochi, athletes will compete for seven sets of medals.

In the Mountain Cluster athletes will compete in runs in the giant slalom, while the Coastal Cluster is the battleground for medals in team sports.

On the slopes of Rosa Khutor, athletes will try to cleanly and skillfully traverse the giant slalom course. They will have two runs and the total time determines the champions in the men’s standing, sitting, visually impaired categories.

Alpine Skiing

Men’s medals decided in Giant Slalom

On the slopes of Rosa Khutor, the men’s Giant Slalom competitions have concluded to decide the winners in three categories – Standing, Sitting and Visually Impaired.

Among visually impaired athletes, Canadian Mac Marcoux led the field. He completed his first attempt with a margin of 2.39 seconds and finished second in the next heat. Although he did not top the heat, the total time for Marcoux was ahead of his nearest rival, Jakub Krako of Slovakia, by 2.04 seconds, and he secured gold with a time of 2 minutes and 29.62 seconds. Slovakia’s Krako earned the silver medal and Russia’s Valery Redkozubov took third place with a final time of 2 minutes and 33.57 seconds.

Frenchman Vincent Gauthier-Manuel was the giant slalom winner in the standing category. He finished both races to post a time of 2 minutes and 25.87 seconds, giving him his first gold medal in Sochi. Until now, Gauthier-Manuel had only stood on the podium to collect bronze (in downhill) and silver (in the slalom).

Russian Alexey Bugaev was just 2 seconds short of becoming a three-time Olympic champion. He lost out to the Frenchman by 1.43 seconds in the first round and then by 0.57 seconds in the following round, but still earned a giant slalom silver medal. The bronze medal went to Austrian Markus Salcher, who finished 2.27 seconds behind the winner.

In the men’s sitting category, Switzerland Christoph Kunz took the lead and with a time of 2 minutes and 32.73 seconds won the gold medal, which is the first medal for Switzerland at these Games. The silver medal went to Corey Peters of New Zealand. Peters was in first place after the first run, but he finished sixth in his second run, meaning his total time was 0.47 seconds behind Kunz. Roman Rabl of Austria won the bronze medal, trailing Kunz by 0.58 seconds.

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Day 7 Of Alpine Skiing Competition Sees New Para Snowboard Cross Country Category

For the very first time in the Paralympic Winter Games, athletes will compete for medals in Para Snowboard cross, which is now part of the alpine skiing program. During the competition participants will have three attempts to impress and will perform jumps and flips. The winner will be determined by the total time of their two best runs.

 

Following Para Snowboard Cross, Super-Combined will take place on the course at Rosa Khutor. Here athletes will compete for medals in three categories – standing, sitting, and visually impaired.

Alpine Skiing

First medals won in Para – snowboarding

Para-Snowboarding took place today for the first time in the history of the  Paralympic Winter Games. The competition was introduced as part of the skiing program.

 

Dutch athlete Bibian Mentel-Spee and American para-snowboarder, Evan Strong both took home medals in today’s event.

 

In the women’s program, Mentel-Spee from the Netherlands became the first ever Paralympic champion in snowboard cross with a final time of 1 minute 57.43 seconds. France’s Cecile Hernandez Ep Cervellon came second, 9.88 seconds behind the Gold medalist and American medalist, Amy Purdy, came third, 16.86 seconds behind the Metel-Spree.

 

In the men’s competition all three medals went to American athletes. The gold medal of the competition was won by Evan Strong with a time of 1 minute 43.61 seconds. Silver was won by Michael Shea with a time of 1:44.18 and the bronze medal went to Keith Gabel with a time of 1:47.10.

 

Super combined skiing champions crowned

 

Alpine skiers have now finished the super combined competition. Paralympians made their first run down the Rosa Khutor slopes on Tuesday, but due to weather conditions the second part of the competition was postponed. Today, based on the results of the super-G component, the new super combined Paralympic champions were crowned.

In the women’s competition for visually impaired athletes, only three athletes qualified for the super-G following the slalom. With a 3.12 second advantage after the first run, Alexandra Frantceva won gold at a canter with a total time of 2 minutes and 27.75 seconds. Despite a successful run in the super-G, after two starts the silver medal went to Jade Etherington of Great Britain, who followed Frantceva by just 0.63 seconds. The bronze medal was secured by Danielle Umstead of the United States, whose final time was 2 minutes and 42.09 seconds.

The Paralympic Winter Games champion in the women’s standing category was France’s Marie Bouchet. She showed the best time in both runs, with a final time of 2:18.39 and winning her third medal in Sochi (Bochet already has gold in downhill and Super-G). The silver medalist of the Super-G was Germany’s Andrea Rothfuss, who was 4.35 seconds behind the winner. Bronze was won by Stephanie American Jallen trailing Bochet by 4.74 seconds.

Representatives of the German national team shared the podium in the sitting category. Top was Anna Schaffelhuber, who won with a staggering victory and a margin of 5.56 seconds over her compatriot, becoming four-time champion at the Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. Anna-Lena Forster won her second silver (following the slalom) on the Sochi slopes and clocked a final time of 2 minutes 38.96 seconds. Sadly Bronze in this category will not be awarded, as the other three athletes failed to reach the finish line.

The Russian skier Valery Redkozubov claimed victory in the men’s visually impaired event. He completed the slalom with an advantage of 5.62 seconds, meaning that his fourth place in the Super-G did not significantly affect the competition result. His overall time of 2 minutes and 15.87 seconds brought Valery Redkozubov the title of double Paralympic champion. American Mark Bathum finished second, 1.57 seconds behind, and Gabriel Juan Gorce Yepes from Spain was third (2:20.36).

The winner in the standing category was the Russian skier Alexey Bugaev. Having won a complete set of medals in previous races (gold in slalom, silver in downhill and bronze in Super-G), the 16 year old Russian became Super Combined champion. He had an advantage of 1.1 seconds over the Austrian Mattias Lanzinger, who finished in the silver medal position. The bronze medal was won by Australia’s Toby Kane, the first medal for the Australian team at these Games.

After two runs, Canadian John Dueck became the leader in the men’s sitting category. He finished in fifth after the slalom, but a perfectly executed run in the super slalom gave him a shot at gold. Dueck became a Paralympic champion with a final time of 2 minutes and 18.2 seconds. American Heath Calhoun lost to Dueck by just 0.89 seconds and had to settle for second. Austrian Roman Rabl completed the top three. After leading in the first run, he finished fifth during the super giant. The Austrian’s final time was 2 minutes and 20.2 seconds.

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Day 6 Of Alpine Skiing Competition Features Slalom In Standing, SItting & Visually Impaired

The sixth day of competitions in Sochi will see three sets of medal awarded

At Rosa Khutor, Alpine Skiing will take place in the Men and Women’s category, in Sitting, Standing and Visually Impaired. Athletes will each have two attempts to complete the course.

Alpine Skiing

 

On the slopes of Rosa Khutor competition for alpine skiing came to a close. The results of the competition determined medal winners for three categories: standing, sitting, and visually impaired athletes.

 

In the standing category, Alexey Bugaev took the lead after the first run.  In the second run, he increased his lead. His final time of 1 minute and 38.97 seconds earned him Sochi Paralympic Games gold. Vincent Gauthier Manuel of France trailed Bugaev by 1.27 seconds, earning him the silver medal. The bronze medal went to yet another Russian, Alexander Alybayev, who was 1.77 seconds behind the leader.

 

In the sitting category, the gold medal went to Japanese skier Takeshi Suzuki. He came second place in the first run, losing to front runner Dino Sokolovic of Croatia, who had a time of 1.61 seconds. But the second run did not go so well for the Croatian – he never even made it to the finish line – which allowed Suzuki to climb to first place in the rankings with a score of 1 minute and 53.78 seconds. Second and third place went to two Austrian representatives. Philipp Bonadiman won silver with a 2.68 lag time, and Roman Rabl won bronze with a total time of 1 minute and 56.64 seconds.

 

Valeri Redkozubov of Russia won the gold medal in the visually impaired category. Having shown the best time in both runs, Redkozubov won  with a time of 1 minute and 43.21 seconds. Yon Santacana Maiztegui of Spain moved up from seventh to second place after his second run with a final time of 1:46.82. The bronze medal in visually impaired slalom went to Chris Williamson of Canada, who trailed the winner by 5.4 seconds .

 

 

 

Germany’s Anna Schaffelhuber has been awarded the gold medal in the women’s slalom sitting event after a successful appeal against her disqualification. Schaffelhuber, who has already won the downhill and super-G Paralympic titles so far in Sochi, was disqualified from her first run in Wednesday’s (12 March) slalom competition. Under protest, she was allowed to complete her second run on Wednesday afternoon.

 

On Thursday (13 March) morning, the International Paralympic Committee Alpine Skiing Board of Appeal overturned the original disqualification for not having her outriggers in a stationary and fixed position at the start of the race. The jury decided that Schaffelhuber had not gained a competitive advantage from her start and therefore should not have been disqualified.

 

As a result of the successful appeal, the results from Wednesday’s slalom sitting event are now official and the medallists are as follows:

 

• Gold: Anna Schaffelhuber 2:09.93

 

• Silver: Anna-Lena Forster (GER) 2:14.35

 

• Bronze: Kimberly Joines (CAN) 2:15.16

 

The medals will be presented on Thursday (13 March) at 18:00 MST at the Rosa Khutor Medals Plaza. A full written decision will be issued in due course.

 

 

Paralympics Alpine Skiing Day 4 Summary Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Day 5 Of Alpine Skiing Competition Features Slalom And 1km Qualifying

The fifth day of competitions in Sochi will see nine athletes crowned Paralympic champions.  

At the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center, women’s slalom will take place in three categories – standing, sitting and visually impaired. Each participant will perform two descents on different courses, and the new slalom champion will be determined by  calculating the time taken to complete the runs.

Alpine Skiing

 

Athletes have taken part in the slalom heats in three categories: standing, sitting and visually impaired.

In the standing category, the winner of the gold medal was German Andrea Rothfuss with a time of 1 minute 59.85 seconds. Second place went to Inga Medvedeva, who, after a successful second run, moved from fourth to second place with a time of 2 minutes and 6.7 seconds earning her another silver medal at the Games. Medvedeva also came second in the downhill. The bronze medal went to the Slovakian athlete Petra Smarzova with a time of 2:0 6.91.

German alpine skier, Anna-Lena Forster, came first in the sitting category with a time of 0.92 seconds in her first attempt. Her final time, after two runs was 2:14.35, earning her first gold medal of the Paralympic Games. Despite the fact that Canadian athlete Kimberly Joines managed to overtake Forster in the second run, her final time was 2:15.16. The third medalist was American Laurie Stephens with a final time of 2:18.45.

Russian skier, Aleksandra Frantceva, took Gold in the visually impaired category with a time of 2 minutes 1.24 seconds. The second attempt by Britain’s Etherington was much more difficult and she crossed the finish line with 0.65 seconds behind her opponent winning the Silver medal. The bronze medal was awarded to Slovakian representative Henrieta Farkasova, who was 1.7 seconds behind Frantceva.

Paralympics Alpine Skiing Day 4 Summary Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Day 4 Of Alpine Skiing Competition Features Super Combined Showdowns

Day four of competitions in Sochi will see twelve Paralympic champions receive medals. 

On the ski slopes, competitions in the Super Combined will take place. The champions will be announced two heats, Super-G and Slalom. Athletes will compete for medals in three categories – standing, sitting, and visually impaired.

Alpine Skiing – Super Combined

The first run in the super-combined competition has ended on the slopes of Rosa Khutor. Due to the differing weather conditions, the SC competition was moved which led to the skiers’ medals draw begging with their slalom attempts.

 

After the first run in the women’s standing category, France’s Marie Bochet led the way, followed by German skier Andrea Rothfuss and Stephanie Jallen from the Unite States.

In the sitting category, the leading athletes are from both from Germany, with Anna Shaffelhuber and Anna-Lena Forster topping the leaderboard in first and second respectively. Austria’s Claudia Loesch currently lies in third place.

The best time in the slalom competition for visually impaired athletes was recorded by Russia’s Aleksandra Frantceva. She battled to finish ahead of Britain’s Jade Etherington, who currently occupies second place, and American Danelle Umstead who sits in third place.

 

In the men’s standing category, seven athletes did not finish due to improper passing of the track.

After the first attempt, Alexey Bugaev of Russia leads the standings followed by Braydon Luscombe of Canada and Matthias Lanzinger of Austria in third place.

In the sitting category, only 10 of 26 athletes will continue the battle it out for medals. Leading the field after the first attempt is Roman Rabl of Austria, Thomas Nolte of Germany is in second, and Taiki Morii of Japan is placed third.

In the visually impaired category, only 7 athletes successfully completed the slalom. The best time was posted by Russia’s Valerii Redkozubov, who leads his rivals Gabriel Juan Gorce Yepes of Spain in second place and Maciej Krezel of Poland in third.

 

Athletes will compete in the second attempt of the super-combined on Friday March 14, when the super-G is finished.

Paralympics Alpine Skiing Summary Monday March 10, 2014

Day 3 Of Competition Sees Three Sets Of Medals in Super-G

Medals will be awarded in seven competitions on the third day of competition at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.

On the ski slopes, women will compete for three sets of medals in Super-G in the categories of standing, sitting, and visually impaired.

Alpine Skiing – Super G

The women’s super-G competitions in the visually impaired category ended at Rosa Khutor. Kelly Gallagher of Great Britain won the gold medal, finishing with a time of 1:28.72. The winner of the silver medal was Russia’s Aleksandra Frantseva (1:28.94), while Great Britain won a second medal in the event with Jade Etherington (1:29.76) securing the bronze.

The women have contested another set of medals in the super-G today, with the competition for standing athletes now complete. Gold  and silver were won by athletes from France – Marie Bochet with a result time of 1:24.20 and Solene Jambaque following with 1:26.20. Bronze will be awarded to America’s Stephanie Jallen (1:30.14).

The Paralympic medal winners in the women’s super-G in the sitting category were decided today. Germany’s Anna Shaffelhuber claimed victory, finishing with a final time of 1 minute 29.11 seconds. The triumph in the super-G brought means she is a double Paralympic champion at the Sochi 2014. Shaffelhuber yesterday posted the best time and climbed to the top of the podium in the downhill.

 Second was Austrian’s Claudia Loesch, who finished 2.09 seconds outside the gold medal position. America’s Laurie Stephens was not far behind, coming 2.98 seconds behind and celebrating her second bronze medal in Sochi.

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Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games Day 2 of Competition For 5 Sets of Medals

On the second day of competition at the Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, the champions of the super-G and cross-country “sitting” skiing will be decided.

Athletes will compete for five sets of medals at the Mountain Cluster in Krasnaya Polyana. At the Laura venue, competitions will be held for cross-country skiers in the sitting category – the women’s 12km and men’s 15km.

Meanwhile at Rosa Khutor, winners will be crowned in men’s super-G in three categories: sitting, standing and visually impaired.

Alpine Skiing – Super G

The men’s super-G event has come to an end on the Roza Khutor ski slopes. Competitions were held in three categories – standing, sitting and the visually impaired category.

Visually impaired Slovakia Skier, Jakub Krako won gold with a time of 1 minute and 20.58 seconds.  America’s Mark Batum finished 0.13 seconds behind taking the silver medal and Canada’s Mack Marku, who completed the descent 0.19 later than the leader, took the Bronze.

In the “standing” category, representatives of Austria won the gold and silver medals. Marcus Zalcher had the fastest time of 1 minute and 20.92 seconds and became two time Paralympic champion in Sochi – yesterday he also won in downhill. Matthias Lanzinger came 0.41 seconds behind him and took the second place on the podium. Alexey Bugaev, an athlete from Russia secured himself a bronze medal. This is the second Paralympic Games medal in Sochi for the 16-year old Russian – yesterday Bugaev earned a silver medal in downhill.

In the “sitting” category, Japanese Akira Kano won another gold medal. Yesterday he had the fastest time in downhill in his category, and today he finished first with a final score of 1 minute and 19.51 seconds. Another representative of Japan Taiki Mori took second place – he completed the descent 2.09 seconds later than Kano. Canada’s Caleb Brousseau took the third place on the podium, 2.54 seconds behind the leader.

 

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Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games Begin With Contests For 12 Sets of Medals

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Alpine Skiing

Alpine Skiing is practiced worldwide and features seven disciplines: Downhill, Slalom, Giant Slalom, Super-G, Super Combined, Team Events and most recently Snowboard. Athletes combine speed and agility while racing down slopes at speeds of around 100 km/h.

Competition accommodates male and female athletes with a physical impairment such as spinal injury, cerebral palsy, amputation, «les autres conditions» (other conditions) and blindness/visual impairment.

Athletes compete in three categories based on their functional ability, and a results calculation system allows athletes with different impairments to compete against each other.

Skiers with blindness/visual impairment are guided through the course by sighted guides using signals to indicate the course to follow. Some athletes use equipment that is adapted to their needs including single ski, sit-ski or orthopedic aids.

IPC Alpine Skiing acts as the International Federation for the sport which is coordinated by the IPC Alpine Skiing Technical Committee.

Six events are on the Paralympic Program: Downhill, Super-G, Super Combined, Giant Slalom, Slalom and Snowboard which will make its debut at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.

Competition Description

Downhill

Each athlete completes one run down the course with their finish time determining the final order based on ascending time. Athletes ski down a long, steep course and must pass through a relatively few number of gates. If athletes miss a gate, they are disqualified. For weather, safety and other reasons, the jury can decide to have two-run downhill if the vertical drop does not comply.

Slalom

Each athlete completes two runs on the same day on different courses. Times from the two runs are added together to determine the final order based on ascending total time. It is a technical event over a shorter course than other events but with a high number of gates that the athlete must negotiate. If athletes miss a gate, they are disqualified.

Giant Slalom

Each athlete completes two runs on the same day on different courses. Times from the two runs are added together to determine the final order based on ascending total time. It is a technical event with a longer course and fewer gates than the slalom. The number of gates is determined by the vertical drop of the course. If athletes miss a gate, they are disqualified.

Super-G

A speed event where each athlete completes one run down the course with their finish time determining the final order based on ascending time. The course is generally shorter than Downhill but longer than Slalom and Giant Slalom.

Super Combined

A combined competition which represents the final result of two disciplines — usually one of either a Downhill or Super-G and a single run of Slalom. Each athlete completes two runs on the same day on different courses. Times from the two runs are added together to determine the final order based on ascending total time.

Snowboard Cross

Each athlete completes three runs down the course with their finish time of their best two runs determining the final order based on ascending time. There is only one rider on the course at a time. The event takes place on a man-made course constructed from a variety of terrain features like bank turns, various types of jumps and rollers etc.

History

Following the end of the Second World War, there was a systematic development of ski sport for persons with an impairment as injured ex-servicemen returned to the sport they loved. In 1948, the first courses were offered.

The first documented Championships for skiers with an impairment were held in Bad Gastein, Austria, in 1948 with 17 athletes taking part. Since 1950, events have been held around the world. The introduction of sit-ski allowed people in wheelchairs (paraplegics and double above-the-knee amputees) to begin to ski and race.

The first Paralympic Winter Games took place in Örnsköldsvik in Sweden in 1976 and featured two Apline disciplines — Slalom and Giant Slalom.

Downhill was added to the Paralympic program in 1984 in Innsbruck, Austria, and Super-G was added in 1994 at Lillehammer, Norway. Sit-skiing was introduced as a demonstration sport at the Innsbruck 1984 Paralympics and became a medal event at the Nagano 1998 Paralympic Games.

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The downhill at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center has now concluded, with medals contested in three categories in the women’s and men’s competitions.

In the women’s visually impaired event, Slovakia’s Henrietta Farkasova recorded the best time of 1 minute and 31.55 seconds. In the second place, 2.73 seconds behind, was Great Britain’s Jade Etherington. The bronze Award belongs to the Russian Alexandra Frantseva, who completed the descent 4.23 seconds behind Farkasova’s gold winning time.

France’s Marie Bouchet ended up top of the rankings in the women’s standing category, having completed the descent in 1 minute and 30.72 seconds. Behind her came silver medal winner Inga Medvedeva from Russia (1:32.19) and America’s Allison Jones (1:34.09), who won the bronze medal.

In the women’s sitting category, the gold medal was won by Germany’s  Anna Schaffelhuber. She finished with a time of 1 minute and 35.55 seconds. The second and third places were secured by athletes from the United States. The silver was claimed by Alana Nichols, who completed the descent just 0.14 seconds after Schaffelhuber, and bronze belongs to Laurie Stevens, who finished 1.39 seconds outside the gold medal position.

In the competition for men with impaired vision, the Paralympic Winter Games gold won by the Spanish skier Jon Santakana, with a descent time of 1:21.76. A mere 0.25 seconds behind him was the Slovakian skier Miroslav Haraus, winning the silver. Canada’s Mark Mack took 1.26 seconds longer for his descent, earning the bronze.

In the men’s standing category, the best time was achieved by Austria’s Markus Salzer (1:24.35). Russia’s Alexey Bugaev claimed second place – just 0.6 seconds behind. France’s Vincent Gauthier-Manuel, who finished 0.95 seconds behind gold position, was in the third place.

The men’s sitting category saw Japan and Canada on the podium. The gold medal was won by Japanese skier Akira Kano, who completed the course in 1 minute and 23.80 seconds. Canada’s Josh Duke lost out on gold by just 0.39 seconds, but secured the silver medal. Takeshi Suzuki made it two Japanese athletes on the podium for the competition, claiming the bronze medal, 0.95 seconds after his compatriot.

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